German Chancellor Merkel and French President Hollande took part in ceremonies to remember the hundreds of thousands of soldiers who were killed in the WW I battle. With no survivors left, the focus was on reaffirming European solidarity.
The French and German leaders have attended a series of events to commemorate those killed in the WWI campaign. They used the occasion to urge increased European unity in the face of many challenges.
As German Chancellor Angela Merkel and French President Francois Hollande prepare to meet in Verdun, DW looks back at the World War I battle. The senseless massacre lasted 300 days and failed to produce a victor.
With SPD support down, the far-right AfD is almost certain to enter parliament in the upcoming German election. Meanwhile, a leading party figure has reiterated calls for Germany to stop apologizing for its Nazi past.
President Francois Hollande has become the first French leader to attend the memorial service at Chemin des Dames in 100 years. The 1917 WWI battle was one of the deadliest and most disastrous in French history.
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